Disable screensaver and screen blanking Raspberry Pi

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This is how to disable screen blanking on the Raspberry Pi running debian (raspbian) which will stop the screensaver (a blank screen) from starting during command line usage.

Disable RPi screen blanking in console

If your screen goes black during command line after 30 minutes or so, you have screen blanking enabled most likely. If you want to turn it off:

Edit the file /etc/kbd/config Change these lines:

BLANK_TIME=0
BLANK_DPMS=off
POWERDOWN_TIME=0


Disable screensaver and blanking RPi in Pixel Raspbian

This will disable screen blanking and blacking etc while within X on the Pi. This is for Raspbian Pixel

  • edit /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE-pi/autostart as root
sudo nano /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE-pi/autostart
  • Add these lines if they do not already exist
@xset s noblank 
@xset s off 
@xset -dpms


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